About the author:
Let me take the opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Tanya Khvitsko, and I am a congenital double amputee from Belarus. My birth defects were caused by the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster, which took place in 1986. After spending parts of my childhood in the US, I made Kansas City my home in 2008. Six years ago, I began running on a pair of my very first running blades! Since then, my journey has included multiple 5Ks, 10Ks, 7 half-marathons and 1 marathon. Running has given me confidence, which made me an athlete and allowed me to be a mentor for other amputees, as well as non-amputees.